10/20/14 8:55am

warm kidThe Fund for Alexandria’s Child invites the public to help children in foster care or at risk of abuse or neglect keep warm this winter through the annual Fall Coat Drive, October 1 through November 26. Donations of coats, hats, scarves, and gloves will help ensure that all Alexandria children can stay warm during the cold months.

This year, The Fund is participating in ACTion Alexandria’s new “Fall into Giving” initiative along with other Alexandria nonprofits. Individuals can donate through The Fund wish list on the Fall into Giving website or by purchasing items elsewhere and dropping them off or having them delivered to: Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services, Attn: Community Resources Program, 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is a program of the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services that works to enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable children in our community. The value of any contributions is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

For more information, please call 703.746.5663 or email thefundforalexchild@alexandriava.gov.

10/20/14 8:38am

Cool, classic pumpkin in the Cameron Station area of Alexandria, Virginia

NOTEPlease consider sharing a photo of your Halloween decorations by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the neighborhood where you live. If you know of a great Halloween decoration in Alexandria, you can also let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out this classic looking pumpkin for Halloween in the Cameron Station area of Alexandria. What do you think?

10/18/14 10:55am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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10/18/14 10:36am

Activities and entertainment include scarecrow making, puppet shows, musical performances, pony rides, face painting, exhibitors, food sales and more family fun. The annual Fall Family Festival is being held @ Armistead L Boothe Park which is located in Alexandria’s West End @ 520 Cameron Station Boulevard.

FallFestival

10/18/14 9:40am

Sometimes it is easy to forget how much the area you live in has to offer. The Washington DC area is famous for its monuments and politics, but did you know it also has a rich musical scene, complete with talented local artists?

Continuing the tradition of showcasing local music with the #MusicSaturday hashtag, here’s local Alexandria group The Alexandria Singers performing ‘Save the Last Dance’. You can find out more about this terrific vocal group at this link. You can also help The Alexandria Singers give back to Alexandria’s kids at this link.

Alexandria Singers

10/18/14 9:27am

If your taxes go up next year, don’t say I didn’t tell you about this.

What are your priorities for our City? What is most important to you?

whatsnextALXAs part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process, the City of Alexandria is seeking community input on the outcomes and priorities that are most important to our residents. The City provides hundreds of programs and services to the community in an effort to achieve the goals and vision outlined in its Strategic Plan. Each year, the City develops a budget and makes tough decisions about how to best allocate resources to these programs. This year, as part of the What’s Next Alexandria initiative, the City will seek input from the community throughout the development of the budget.

This first phase of civic engagement is an online survey that asks community members to choose the long-term priorities most important to them. The survey, which is on the What’s Next Alexandria page, will be available through November 5.

Results of the survey will help provide information for development of the City Manager’s proposed budget. In January, the City will host a series of meetings that will allow participants to give more specific input on how the City allocates resources.

For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/engage or contact Arthur Wicks or 703.746.3739.